Win a copy of Your Edible Yard this week in the Gardening for Beginners forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
  • Pearl Sutton
  • James Freyr
stewards:
  • Burra Maluca
  • Mike Haasl
  • Joylynn Hardesty
master gardeners:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • thomas rubino
  • Jay Angler
  • Tereza Okava

Sleeping pod. The ultimate small house for job sites and travelling.

 
Posts: 9002
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
669
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Len is correct, eventually, the Titanic would be too small. (and it leaks☺) This will be the largest cargo trailer that I've ever owned, and the only one with a roof.

 This is about the largest trailer that can be legally hauled with a Plymouth Voyager mini van. The trailer will almost always be attached to either my pick up truck or my mini van.

 I don't have a parking space in the city where I spend most of my time. I'm getting rid of a very small rented shed, in favor of going completely mobile. At about $75 per month for insurance, the van and trailer will be much less expensive than the inconvenience of a storage place that I have to drive to. On many occasions, I have spent an hour loading up for a big job, while answering inane questions from the alcoholic who owns the shed.

 There is plenty of street parking, but there are legal and practical limits to the size of trailers that can stay on the street over night.
 
Dale Hodgins
Posts: 9002
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
669
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'm building a much heavier sleeping pod at the farm. It will feature a pea gravel bed that covers a rocket mass heater. The gravel is formed into a comfortable shape for sleeping.

Check it out.
https://permies.com/t/51867//Dale-RMH-Gravel-Bed-Guest
 
Dale Hodgins
Posts: 9002
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
669
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The trailer was unsuitable. Too short and some rust.
.......
All of these items are part of the pod kit. They will be taken to any job that has electricity.

 The electric heater and crock pot where free. I paid $5 for the hotplate and $10 for a very good cast iron pan. The led light draws two amps from the 12 volt supply.  It's very bright and cost $22 on a half price sale at Canadian Tire.

 The electric heater will not be used inside the pod. I would never sleep in such a small space with one of these. It can be very handy when the job presents a small room that is not within the work zone.

 I have use the electric kettle while camped out in several small spaces. This type of kettle, can be used to make hot drinks but is also very useful as a radiator. In a small space such as the pod,  it will give plenty of heat until my blankets warm up. A wooden plug reduces the amount of moisture that escapes. The switch can be flipped whenever the sleeper stirs.  In  the morning,  the same water can be used for hand and face washing.  A very nice comfort on frosty mornings.
20151130_114414.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20151130_114414.jpg]
Not used inside the pod.
20151130_113647.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20151130_113647.jpg]
20151130_113450.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20151130_113450.jpg]
20151130_113259.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20151130_113259.jpg]
A very efficient way to use electric heat.
20151129_112033.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20151129_112033.jpg]
 
Dale Hodgins
Posts: 9002
Location: Victoria British Columbia-Canada
669
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The plan has changed. I salvaged this plastic greenhouse material and am making a water heater from a propane tank. The sleeping pod will be covered in the plastic, to create a bread box style water heater. When not needed for sleeping, it can stand on end, to create a sun filled container for the tank. Could also be used in regular position, with some smaller water filled vessels placed inside. A larger version of roughly the same thing, will stay at the farm.
20160118_145102.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20160118_145102.jpg]
20151211_112343.jpg
[Thumbnail for 20151211_112343.jpg]
 
It's just a flesh wound! Or a tiny ad:
Devious Experiments for a Truly Passive Greenhouse!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/greenhouse-1
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic